Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Strakka opt out of the World Endurance Championship after Jonny Kane's crash

Jonny Kane

Jonny Kane's terrifying 130mph accident during qualifying for the Le Mans 24 hour race has led to his Strakka team withdrawing from the remaining rounds of this year's World Endurance Championship.

The crash happened when Kane hit a damp patch in the braking area for a chicane on the Mulsanne Straight, sending the team's Honda ARX spinning into the barriers.

Thankfully, the Ulsterman was unhurt but the car suffered heavy damage.

It was rebuilt in time to start the race and Kane along with team-mates Danny Watts and Nick Leventis went on to finish sixth overall behind the factory cars of Audi and Toyota, winning the prestigious Privateers' Cup.

However, they are now short of spare parts and to continue their WEC campaign they would have to make a heavy investment in components for a car which will become obsolete when new regulations come into force next year.

In the circumstances they have decided to concentrate their attention on 2014.

Strakka team manager Dan Walmsley confirmed the news.

He said: "We are currently considering a number of opportunities that will commit Strakka Racing to top-level sportscar racing well into the future, so it's imperative we focus all our efforts on this important decision-making process.

"It was a very difficult decision not to contest the remaining rounds of this year's WEC, but a decision that was taken in the best interests of the team's long-term sportscar racing future."

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